Promoting Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an inseparable part of our academic work and training. Upholding academic integrity requires promoting it, preventing issues, and taking the best actions to address mistakes. 

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In dealing with Academic Integrity in the classroom, instructors should be aware of the following:

  • Inform your students about Academic Integrity and what it means to Queen’s University. Be aware that some students may have different ideas of what academic integrity means because of their prior training and practice.
  • Become informed about the process for dealing with issues of Academic Integrity, specific to your Faculty or School.
  • Seek support from their department.
  • Know and respect the rights of the student. Refer to Student’s Rights.

Teaching Practices

Teaching practices that foster academic integrity are important in setting the right tone for encouraging positive student behaviour. The following resources outline some good practices in teaching that will facilitate this:

  • Academic Integrity Promotion Guide (Word 180 KB):
    This guide provides information on promoting academic integrity in our courses. It provides information on promoting academic integrity in five areas: course design, assessment design, assessment administration, classroom instruction, and marking.
  • Academic Integrity Council of Ontario (AICO) Resources:
    The resource page on the Academic Integrity Council of Ontario website includes information on different aspects of academic integrity such as journals, links to other institutions' websites, remote teaching guides, and recorded videos of their previous conferences.

Students' Rationale Behind Cheating

Understanding students' rationale behind cheating also allows instructors to pinpoint areas to focus on: